Activations are included with museum admission.
Admission is free of charge every Tuesday; complimentary advance tickets for Tuesday activations are encouraged.
Abraham Cruzvillegas embraces the concept of autoconstrucción—loosely defined as “self-constructing”—in a vibrant artistic practice imbued with a sense of constant becoming and a curiosity to learn and share information.
In this spirit, Cruzvillegas has invited experimental vocalist and performance artist Carmina Escobar to activate the exhibition space. Join us for site-specific, improvised acoustic performance by Escobar using the versatile instrument of her voice. In response to Cruzvillegas’s sculptural installations and interest in transformation, Escobar will guide the audience through the space using her voice, eliciting vocal actions from viewers as well, in a performance titled To Build a House.
As the Los Angeles Times has written, “Carmina Escobar . . . can make her voice sound like insects dancing on dry leaves or a rocket ship dying in space.”
An experimental vocalist, performer, improviser, and sound and intermedia artist, Carmina Escobar (born in Mexico City; lives in Los Angeles) focuses primarily on the voice, the body, and their interrelations to physical, social, and memory spaces. Drawing on her improvisational background, she often works without language, using sound as a material and object in and of itself. She is currently a faculty member in the VoiceArts department at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. She has presented her work at numerous festivals, biennials, experimental spaces, museums, galleries, concert halls, and theaters in Mexico, Cuba, Europe, and the United States.